Traffic issues have remained constant throughout MLPA’s history.  The associations was founded in the ’60s to defeat the Georgia Department of Transportation’s plan to bisect the neighborhood with a freeway.  Today, MLPA’s traffic remains one of its highest priorities.

The Traffic committee has recently been expanded as the problems with I-85 and Renew Atlanta’s plans for Monroe have raised the profile of this hot button issue.

Besides conducting forums where neighbors can raise concerns, it is working with the city to ensure that cut through traffic does not become more worrisome.  The MLPA board is now raising funds to conduct a traffic study/develop a master plan.   Donations to fund this important work are greatly appreciated.

If you are interested in participating in the traffic committee, contact

Prior to the collapse of i-85, the main focus of the Traffic Committee, and indeed the entire MLPA Board, was RenewAtlanta’s plans for Monroe Drive / Boulevard.  The plans presented February 28 raised concerns for our neighborhood.  We have been meeting with Renew Atlanta and have requested additional data that is to be posted on their site.  The work on I-85 now takes precedence, but once it is completed, we will refocus on Renew Atlanta’s plans.

MLPA’s position, expressed in a letter to Renew Atlanta, is that the issues with traffic and pedestrian safety on Monroe must be addressed in a holistic way that does not simply transfer safety concerns to another part of the neighborhood.  Although the plan unveiled by Renew Atlanta in February does not address our concerns, we will continue working to find a solution that helps preserve our walkable, single family neighborhood; protects our residential streets from cut through traffic; and takes into account the ongoing increase in traffic resulting from increased density and development in surrounding neighborhoods.

In 2016 the Traffic Committee organized a forum.  We collected concerns that have been prioritized into a master list and submitted to the city for review.  A few recent wins include:

  • New 4 way stop at Lanier Boulevard and Amsterdam Avenue
  • Lowered speed limit sign on Lanier making the entire street 30 mph
  • Improved intersection at Piedmont Avenue and Piedmont Circle

Please know that we are here to help with issues related to Safety and Traffic.  Please submit any concerns to

Below are a couple of useful links:

City of Atlanta Department of Transportation contact: Transportation 404-330-6501

Pedestrians Educating Drivers on Safety

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